Green moong millet idli

Moong millet idli is loaded with protein and fibre. Millets have lower glycemic index than rice or wheat. So, millets cause slower rise in blood sugar after food. They have fibre and slowly digestible starch in them compared to cereals like rice, wheat or maize. This diabetes friendly, gluten free idlis as a matter of fact is enjoyed as  breakfast or as dinner.

Proper idli is made with rice, urad dal and methi seeds however, considering the healthy factors, i have added millets and green moong dal. They are light on the stomach, vegan and gluten-free as well.

We were grown up seeing the idlis removed from a cloth and our idli plates have holes in it. If you have idli plates without holes, you can grease them with oil, pour the batter in the moulds, when the water in steamer is hot, keep the plates in steamer and steam for 12 minutes. Then remove idlis using a thin spoon or spatula.

PREP TIME : 35 minutes

COOK TIME : 12 minutes

COURSE : main course

CUISINE : south indian

YIELD : 2 meals for 4 people


Kodo millet – 1 cup ( 250 ml cup)

Green moong dal – 1&1/2 cup

Urad dal – 1/2 cup

Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp


In a bowl take 1 cup millets, 1.5 cup green moong, 1/2 cup urad dal and 1/2 tsp methi seeds.

Wash them together thrice and soak for 5 hours.

Later transfer to a mixer jar or grinder.

Grind the batter  slightly coarse. Add rock salt 1 tbsp.

Mix the batterĀ  well using hand. Close it and leave it in counter top for 8 hours to ferment.

After 8 hours, fermented batter reaches the rim of the bowl. Fluffy batter is ready to make idlis. You can make idlis immediately or mix it well and refrigerate it and make idlis later too.

In a idli steamer allow water to boil. When the water boils, place the idli plates filled with batter in the moulds. Close and cook for 12 minutes.

When it is cooked, sprinkle water on the cloth (around the idlis, to remove the idlis easily without sticking to cloth)

Now take a plate and place the idli plate upside down on it. Remove the idli plate and the cloth gently.

Soft idlis are ready. Serve the healthy protein rich idlis with chutney or sambar of your choice.


You can replace green moong with  jowar or  ragi or bajra or amaranth or any whole grain of your choice.

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